In my 20 years as a holistic skincare therapist, I have come to trust that the nutrition and wellbeing practices we use to bring about skin transformations will eventually be validated by science. This is proving to be true now more than at any other time in my career as our industry enters the wellness era.
Acne is the focus of new scientific research which is overturning old myths and affirming that a holistic approach is necessary for effective treatment.
It used to be widely accepted that acne was the result of a genetic tendency for skin sebum to get trapped in the pilosebaceous canal. However, new research points to multiple triggers for acne including the food we eat, our gut health and even our anxiety levels.
This scientific research is confirming what I have found to be true through two decades of transforming acne through botanical skincare, skin nutrition and well-being wisdom.
Acne is a particularly distressing skin disorder, and I hope this valuable research which explains the connection between skin, diet, gut and brain chemistry will help us all to understand this complex disorder better and treat it more effectively.
THE DIET + ACNE CONNECTION
For many years, acne sufferers were told that the food they ate had no impact on their skin. Sadly, this was not the case! Studies now show that while diet is not the cause of acne, it can fuel it. Acne treatment is usually ineffective until the foods that are feeding the acne are removed.
The research highlights two dietary sources which fuel acne – sugar and saturated fat. A high intake of these food sources changes the composition of the sebum the skin produces, which in turn promotes the colonisation of P acnes. These microbes are a slow growing bacterium that are linked to acne. They are a normal part of the skin microbiome, but in healthy skin, the number of P acnes are so low they are barely detectable.
On the other hand, a diet high in sugar and nasty fats can cause a population surge of these bacteria, resulting in cell damage, protein secretions and bacterial debris that can lead to red, angry, inflamed acne.
Diet Strategies for Treating Acne
· Remove processed sugar and saturated fats from diet while treating acne. Common acne-fuelling foods to avoid are: chocolate, cheese, full-cream dairy products, meat-fat, fried foods, chips, protein powders, cashews and peanuts.
· Nourish skin with a whole-food diet and make some skin-friendly treats to have on hand for when cravings strike.
· Take a good quality Essential Fatty Acid (EFA) supplement. EFA’s are essential for acne-prone skin as they improve the free-flow quality of the skin sebum, avoiding the formation of blockages and even clearing existing ones.
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Original article published by Bestow Beauty >